From Naxos (here!), we took a 45 minute ferry ride* to the island of Paros, Greece. Because we were travelling with a toddler, I wanted to keep things as simple and as stress free as possible. Heading to a nearby island (vs. trekking some distance) felt like the right move. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about the islands being too similar since they were so close to each other, but I was pleasantly surprised by how different they were.
While the island of Naxos felt very calm, casual, almost bohemian in nature, Paros felt like a fancier more grown up version. While you can of course find little hidden gems, most of the restaurants were more upscale and lively – sometimes with live music playing. That was always such a treat. During the day, the tiny winding streets are bustling with activity – local vendors selling all sorts of stunning Greek goods.
We stayed in the absolutely stunning town of Naoussa, per my friend Anna’s recommendation, and we had the loveliest time. Similar to when we were in Athens (here!), we rented this apartment. It was a really lovely place, situated in the very best spot – literally steps to the main strip yet still completely quiet. And having our own kitchen also allowed us to do some of our own cooking and shopping, a serious bonus when travelling with a toddler. The cute little balcony gave us sunset views, and acted as a great spot to hang out after Ivy went to bed.
Most of our days were spent beach hopping, playing at the playground, and eating (we ate so much!) and it was the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Like Naxos, we rented a car for a day which allowed us to explore other hidden gems on the island. The town of Lefkes was particularly beautiful (we had the best little lunch at this cafe!) And on our way home we stopped to cool off at Kolymbithres Beach, which very quickly became our favourite beach of our trip. It was the best way to end our vacation, and I will remember these two weeks of our lives with ultimate fondness. It was so nice for all of us to have this time with our little family.
Here is a peek at our trip to Paros, Greece…
* for those curious, the rest of our ferry rides were absolutely PERFECT (nothing compared to the nightmare of Athens > Paros, ha)
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